"He who laughs, lasts."
LATEST MUSIC NEWS
by Richard Karsmakers
The Internet is a wild place where there is an abundance of news
if only you know how and where to find it. Well, basically this
column consists of the worth while stuff that I've read in of
tons and tons of tiny snippets that have been taken from one of
the dozens of music-related Internet groups. I have read
hundreds of Kb of text and taken from it the information that
might just be interesting enough for you to read.
Of course I have also included hot gossip and similar news items
from other sources - such as word of mouth, the metal music
press, and sometimes even heard from band members themselves.
Read on to join the fantastic world of music's future...
- HARD SHIT -----------------------------------------------------
Extreme are taking their time with their next studio album. It
won't be in the shops until September. Their drummer has left
them, by the way, but I don't think he'll be sorely missed.
They're bound to find a new one.
Rush will do a "20th anniversary" marathon world tour starting
in January 1995. This tour will have an "evening with Rush"
character, where they'll have no support and act and play for
three hours each night. Their "Counterparts" tour ended in
Toronto on last May 7th, and it looks like their forthcoming
album might not be a live album after all. According to Alex
Lifeson, they are "bitten by the recording bug". The live album
is now probably on the back burner.
British music publishers Peaceville have sent their revised
schedule. And "revised" it is for certain, with a few releases
having been delayed up to 6 months.
August will see the release of Pentagram's delayed "Show 'Em
How". In September there will be releases of the My Dying Bride
EP Box Set (their current three CD singles in one box),
Anathema's "Pentecost III" (an EP to warm you up for their second
full-length album, track list "Kingdom", "Mine Is Yours To Drown
In (Ours Is The New Tribe)", "We the Gods" and "Guitar Opera" as
well as a rerecorded version of their July 1990 demo song
"Memento Mori"), an At The Gates CC 7" (possibly with live tracks
too) and Darkthrone's "Panzerfaust". Next there's a bit of a leap
with the next release due on Sunday December 25th, this being a
"Welcome to the Process" CC 7" by GGFH. Around that time 1995
will start, with releases in January of Anathema's "Rise Pantheon
Dreams" (delayed from September '94), My Dying Bride EP's CD (all
the CD single tracks on one CD) and Kong's "Cerumen in Verse"
(also delayed - track list "Results", "Hoover", "Herk", "Prick",
"Ditch", "Arab Loop", "Bump" and "Perculator"). February will
witness releases of Autopsy's "Shitfun" (delayed from October
'94), Vital Remains' "The Last Supper" (delayed from August
'94!), Drug Free America's 2nd album (similarly delayed), GGFH's
"Halloween" (delayed from October '94) and a mini CD of Tekton
Motor Corporation remixes. March, finally, will see releases of
Darkthrone ("Caravans to Empire Algol") and the "Peaceville 'V'
Compilation". Not yet scheduled but due for release somewhere
within the October 1994 to March 1995 period is My Dying Bride's
third full-length album.
It should be noted that the Collector's Club singles (CC 7") are
only available to Collector's Club members! Also, the "Unholy
Black Metal" box by Darkthrone won't happen at all (or at least
not for a while). For info on the Collector's Club, send a letter
to Peaceville, P.O. Box 17, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF12 8AA,
England, or call England 0924 466814.
Peaceville have canned their Deaf sub-label. Whereas the future
for Morta Skuld and Banished remains unclear, At The Gates has
been moved to the Peaceville label.
Celtic Frost, the band that carried forth the banner initiated
by ancient metallers Hellhammer, has disbanded.
James Murphy (some time ago in Obituary) has joined Testament to
replace departed guitarist Glen Alvelais. Testament will be
releasing a new album in late September.
Marty Friedman has already finished his third solo album. It is
not known when it'll be released, though. The new Megadeth album
will probably be called "Euthanasia" and is due for release in
Blues Saraceno has completed his third solo album, "Hairpick".
He is still in Poison.
Ozzy Osbourne is working together with Steve Vai and as yet
unnamed band members on his new album, "X Ray". It is supposed to
be released in November.
Metallica are slated to have their new album released in the
summer of 1995. They describe it as "killer", so it might be a
lot heavier again. Throughout the summer they have toured the
States fairly heavily to support the "Live Shit: Binge & Purge"
box. This tour will end in August, I believe, and no European
dates are planned as far as is known.
Dream Theater look set to have their new CD released on October
4th (worldwide release). One of the songs, already performed live
earlier this your on tour, was supposed to be called "To Live
Forever", but the final track list seems to be "Lifting Shadows
Off a Dream", "Innocence Faded", "Space Dye Vest", "Caught In A
Web", "Lie", "6:00", "The Mirror" and the epic piece "A Mind
Beside Itself" (consisting of "I - Erotomania", "II - Voices" and
"III - The Select Man") as well as "Scarred". The whole CD as
such will be called "Awake", by the way.
Pearl Jam will have a new album released in August.
In October or November, Queensryche will be releasing their new
(delayed) product, probably called "The Promised Land".
Swedish band Tiamat will also be releasing a new album in
August, as well as Cathedral (titled "Cosmic Requiem").
Buyers of the new Van Halen CD, "The Club", will have to wait
In September, acoustic guitar virtuoso Bernd Steidl will be
recording his second album. No further details known yet, except
that it will probably be recorded with German musicians (not
American drummer Atma Anur who performed on his debut CD) and in
European studios (mainly in Münich). It will be release through
Shrapnel records and should be in the stores by January 1995.
Mercyful Fate should release their second full-length album
since the reunion somewhere in autumn, as should Faith No More.
Jennifer Batten, probably the most gifted female guitarist
(sorry for the sexism here), is supposed to be doing a second
solo album after her slightly incredible "Above Below and
Beyond". It's supposed to be a bit more mellow, and there will be
singing on it again.
In September, Holy Records are to release Orphaned Lands's debut
CD, "Sahara". Orphaned Land is an Oriental Doom Death band from
Israel with members Kobi Farhi (vocals), Yossi Sasi (guitar),
Matti Svatitzki (guitar), Uri Zelcha (bass) and Sami Bachar
Around now, Entombed should be in bed, resting after their tour.
After that they will start writing tracks for their fourth album.
The New Kids On The Block have split! Now we only have to wait
until Take That follows the lead...
There is an official German Black Sabbath fan club now. The
address is: c/o Alexander Rack, Postlagernd, D-14171 Berlin,
Germany, tel/fax (030) 824 67 99 (Alexander Rack).
The forthcoming Slayer album has been delayed to August and
will probably be called "Divine Intervention". The next Obituary
album ("World Demise") had been delayed to September. A single
will be released on July 26th (which includes one non-album
No doubt my most important musical discovery during the creation
of this issue of ST NEWS is Greek band Septic Flesh, label-mated
of Nightfall and Misanthrope. If you are into progressive doom
metal and like a bit of atmosphere in your music, this is the
Gwar will release a new longform video in September, though it
is not yet certain whether it will be world-wide. It will be
A Venom tribute album has been released. It features Venom songs
recorded by a variety of bands such as Paradise Lost, Sodom,
Obituary and, of course, Anathema. Of Venom themselves, it should
perhaps be noted that their excellent fourth album, "Possessed",
is now finally released on CD (by Castle Communications).
"I am possessed by all that's evil, the death of your god I
demand, I spit on the virgin you worship, and sit at lord Satan's
Living Colour will release their next, as yet untitled album in
- SOFT STUFF ----------------------------------------------------
Synth master Vangelis will perform at the Odeon of Herodes
Atticus, Athens, Greece, on August 9th. He will do the music to a
heroic play starring, among others, Irene Pappas. Vangelis will
be have a new CD released world wide in October, and this is
supposed to be a collaboration with opera singer Jose Carreras.
The "Blade Runner Official Sound Track" has in the mean time been
released. Officially this is not a result of the recent Vangelis
bootleg "Bladerunner" craze. It features some stuff not on the
bootleg, but also lacks some of it (like the longer version of
UNDERGROUND MUSIC MAGAZINE ADS
(IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW, THAT'S UNDERGROUND METAL)
o A rather excellent international underground magazine, and
still getting better with huge leaps, is "Avalanche". You
can get it by sending US$ 5 to Avalanche Entertainment, P.O.
Box 417, NL-3760 AK, Soest, Netherlands. Subscriptions (six
issues in a year) are available at US$25 or DM 35.
o If you want to get your hands on "Dwellers End 'Zine" (an
underground metal mag) you should send 2 IRCs to Mark
Rudahl, Skolvagen 7, S-692 34, Kumla, Sweden.
o The "A View Into the Abyss 'Zine" is available at US$ 6 from
Dan Ferguson, 131 Walnut Street, Southport, IN 46227-6166,
o "Evisceration 'Zine" is a Lithuanian underground magazine.
It costs US$ 2 + 1 IRC (Europe) or US$ 3 + 2IRCs (overseas)
from Eugenijus (Tirant) Beliakovas, VYTAUTO 22A-19. 4090
o If you don't mind reading German, there's a most excellent
glossy metal magazine called "BANG!". You can get it by
sending DM 4 (postage) to BANG! Verlag, Box 2012, D-74010
Heilbronn, Germany. If you live outside Germany I think
it'll be wise to send DM 5 (paper money) and I think you'd
need to add one or two IRCs if you live outside Europe.
o There's a bi-yearly magazine for Underground Metal and
Contra-Metal called "Mortician Magazine". Issue #4 is out,
costs US$ 5, and is available by sending that amount of
money to Harold Dekkers, Boeroestraat 66, NL-3312 HD,
o If you want your underground metal/death/doom/whatever
magazine to be mentioned here, just send me the details at
the ST NEWS correspondence address.'
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.